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Create a repair/backup partition

By Snuffy09 ·
Most new computers like Dells are pre-installed with a backup or repair partition.

If i build a system for somebody how can i create a backup partition too? So they dont bother me down the line if they have to repair their OS.

I know how to creat a normal partition, just not a Backup one where all you have to do is hold alt+10 (i think) at boot

Thanks

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What is the

by Jacky Howe In reply to Create a repair/backup pa ...

Operating System that you are planning on using.

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XP Pro

by Snuffy09 In reply to What is the
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See how you go with this

by Jacky Howe In reply to XP Pro

I think that the easiest way to do it would be to use third party tools. Either of these should work.
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Acronis will let you create a Recovery Partition on the hard drive and give you access by hitting F11 on startup. It appears to install a silent Boot Manager. When you get it to work it is good value but you would have to check licencing. That is the way that I would go.
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http://www.acronis.com/
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Norton Ghost 14.0
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LightsOut Restore?Restores your system with an on-disk software recovery environment?no bootable CD required.
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http://www.symantec.com/norton/ghost
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yes and no

by Snuffy09 In reply to See how you go with this

Im sure this software works great i just don't want to have to pay for it. I was hoping to just use the XP disk or a free utility.

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Things Do Not Work that way

by OH Smeg In reply to yes and no

You need a Boot Manager to allow the user to chose between the Windows OS or the Windows Repair/Reinstall Option.

If you just create a FAT 32 Partition at the Root of the HDD and then copy the Install Media to that then install XP to the remainder of the HDD you will have your Recovery Partition but no way to access it.

You need a Boot Loader here to do what you want.

Anyway I don't see why you need to do this as you are providing the Install Media with every system right? What's wrong with using that to reload the computers?

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Ok I will post what I was originally going to post

by Jacky Howe In reply to yes and no

but you will have a few hurdles to overcome. You may have to sort through it as I haven't had the time to set it up properly. I haven't got a definitive answer for you but I may help to get you on the right track so you can make the decision that will be best suited to your needs.
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Companies like Dell and Acer have the access built into the Bios hence hitting F10 or another key will give you access to it.
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Acronis will let you create a Recovery Partition on the hard drive and give you access by hitting F11 on startup. It appears to install a silent Boot Manager. When you get it to work it is good value but you would have to check licencing. That is the way that I would go.
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http://www.acronis.com/
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The hidden Partition types vary as you will see as you read through the links. I have found that the biggest problem is to get access to the hidden Partition as it needs to be flagged Active for it to work. You then need a means to load your Image or Backup Data. You could load a Boot manager that would access the Hidden Partition. Anyway here are some ideas that you could probably use to your advantage and some different techniques involved as well as links to the software that is involved.
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Enrolling in the Microsoft Partner Program
http://www.microsoft.com/oem/enroll.mspx
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OEM Preinstallation Most Frequently Asked Questions
http://www.ltcom.com/page/FAQ/WinXP%20OEM%20Preinstallation%20FAQ/
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Walkthrough: Deploy a Windows RE Image on Hard Drive
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721939.aspx
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Vista can be manipulated through the Windows PE 2.0 environment. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc507857.aspx#ETC
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Windows Recovery Environment
http://www.svrops.com/svrops/articles/winvistare.htm
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ImageX and WIM Image Format
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc507842.aspx
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Walkthrough: Boot Windows PE from Hard Disk
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722114.aspx
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How to create a custom startup WinPE CD-ROM in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303891
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http://laptop-support.net/OS-backup-and-install-review/How-to-Repair-the-Acer-D2D-Recovery.html
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http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Repair-the-Acer-D2D-Recovery&id=794500
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http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Most-Simplest-Way-To-Unhide-A-Hidden-Partition&id=497809
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http://laptop-support.net/
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http://www.tech-forums.net/computer_articles/restore/restore-disk.php
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http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/downloads-free-software.htm
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Inside the Dell PC Restore Partition and how to fix it if it breaks
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http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/
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Norton Ghost 14.0
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LightsOut Restore?Restores your system with an on-disk software recovery environment?no bootable CD required.
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http://www.symantec.com/norton/ghost
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Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK)
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http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=C7D4BC6D-15F3-4284-9123-679830D629F2&displaylang=en
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System Requirements<br>
Supported Operating Systems: Windows Vista<br>
? Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 SP1; Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista <br>
? Windows XP SP2 with KB926044 <br>
? Windows Server 2003 SP1 with KB926044 <br>
? Windows Server 2003 SP2 <br>
? Windows Vista family<br>
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All of the instructions are in the accompanying WAIK.CHM
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There are a lot of ideas out there Google for "how to create a bootable recovery partition on a hard drive"
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